Aquila Grande, Red/Yellow 2014/2015

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May 20

All packed up and in the box with the Paragon

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This build is well underway, will feature lots of white and red, with a touch of yellow on the right wing. (Update Nov 16 or??)

Rather then cord operated spoilers I’m gonna add a couple servos , one in each wing.  Also there’s a standard channel style tow hook assembly en route.

rudder and fin white

stab all red top and bottom

white canopy and fuse

So, a sister for the blue AG, who would have thought.

Aquila Grande Just off the covering bench, and out for 1st exposure to sun light Pretty Bird
Aquila Grande
Just off the covering bench, and out for 1st exposure to sun light
Pretty Bird

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Thanks Dave for the great shots.

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Stab set ready, there’s some sanding  and of course the covering

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Nov 18 2014

Lower and upper center panel trailing edges, the lower edge later will get a bevel added

 

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Tip panels set for wing join, well shaped tips are missing

 

 

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Center panel LE sheeting, have to shape a left and a right side of these

 

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Rest of lower center panel sheet

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Main spars, marked for ribs.

 

 

 

 

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The rest of the stuff, ready to go

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Nov 21

Rest of lower sheeting in place. lower cap strips are placed next, and then the lower spar.

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Nov 24

Lower rib caps in place, the Aquilas are interesting in that the lower sheeting and cap strips are placed before the lower spar is glued to the top of them. Next I’ll place and glue the lower spars.

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Dec 05

Right center panel spar in place, rather then just pin the spar to a line, I like to locate the ends and then place a straight edge against the backside of the spar.

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Ribs cut and ready to go, some of then have the extra  relief for the spoilers

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I use a handy little square to set and glue one rib after the other

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These wings will have servo actuated spoilers, so I’ve added holes into the ribs from the servo to the root rib, on the forward side of the spar

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Right panel is really beginning to take shape.

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Dec10

Left center panel. Slots added to ribs for forward plywood spar web

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Right center panel , forward spar web in place

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Panels both removed from board.

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Dec 12

Things begin to get critical, that’s when you start locating wing rod tubes into wings.

Once the root ribs are the same, and the fuse sides and corresponding holes are the same then all is fine..

The wings are straight and the tubes where glued in with the rear edges straight. They match up to the fuse absolutely wonderful.

That makes me happy. :):)

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Tubes just tacked in in case I have to remove them.

 

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Rear shear web in place

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Dec 14

Stab set and fin post fairing fillers, I shape these all together before gluing fillers to fins much easier then sanding on the fuselage.

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Stabilizer roots, the Aquila Grande’s Horizontal stab is different then the Aquila, thus the root fillet blend on the AG is also different

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Fuselage bottom rear  sheeting, placed cross grain..

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Dec 15

Rear bottom sheeting in place, I’ve seen fuses rather scuffed up in this area so have place some denser balsa towards the rear.

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Fin leading edge filet, tricky curves and needs to line up with stab root fillets..

Lots going on here

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Rear canopy fairing, rough shape in place, I’ll finish this of once I get the wing root fillets added

Wing profile on the AG is different then that of the Aquila STD, thus the wing root fillets are also different on the fuselage

Also, the wing rods are different size in the original kits as well as the distance from wing rod to incidence pin is different

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Dec 17

Stab set sanded , requires final 360 G sanding and they will be ready for red covering

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Stabs placed on fin, Nice.

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Dec 21

Aft fairing block and root fairing ply in place

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Slot for servo wire and hole for wing eyelet thru root fairing

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Forward fairing block in place

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Canopy floor and frame

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Looking like an Aquila Grande

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Dec 30 2014

Tip and center panel joiners, the plans only call for fillers but I thought that’s a waste so I carved some joiners from 3/16 balsa.

Ply webs are added after

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Sub spar in place, working my way towards tip to center panel join

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Center panels fit nicely to the fuse.

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Jan 04 2015

Servos and red ultra cote in the shop

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Servo bay 285 Jr servo

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wing tip join 3.75″ above board at last rib

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Both wing panels one 204 G the other 209 G

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1st real winter snowfall here today

winter

Jan 18

The fun begins tip has a unique shape and tapers down to 1/16 music wire at the trailing edge

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Trailing edge top side in place

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Top LE sheet as well as filler sheet behind the spar
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Both wing panels big wings lots of parts , still need to finish up sheeting around spoiler bay and do up the rib caps.

 

Up Next

You guessed it , sand sand and once the wings are sanded I can finish the root are nicely to the fuse for a smooth blend.

Ultracote is here and I’ll make sure to add a strip of yellow on one wing only  :):)

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Jan 19

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Jan 20

 

Spoiler blade stops

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Finishing up the top sheet around the spoiler bay

 

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Rest of the rib caps get added

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Finishing the tips sand sand

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Feb 02

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Feb 13

At this point theres a lot of sanding and fitting, sometimes things that go unnoticed on a finished plane,. I like to see rounded edges and smooth transitions

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Feb 18

Wing root blend, as the wings get sanded so does their fit to the fuselage, after this I’ll move onto the fuse and get it set for paint.

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Feb 20

Lower spruce skid, 1/8 x 1/2 spruce, gets topped later with a strip of rubber

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Sanding for and aft canopy pieces, in my view this is where the Aquila G gets it’s classic looks from

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I have a beater canopy I use for this , but it looks nice:)

PS the Canopy on the Aquila and AG is like no other, the Graupner Cirrus and the Astro Jeff may be similar and fit but they are different .

Depends on how fussy you are, and I am fussy :):)

 

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Feb 24

spruce skid which later gets covered with a strip of rubber

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Tow hook and bar in place

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More details, clevis and 2-56 fittings as well as rudder horn. Final steps before painting and covering can begin

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Feb 28

Topside, all blended I’ll be able to add the red to the horizontal stab and the white to the rudder soon.

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Underside at rear

 

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Forward underside of fuse.

 

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A little more snow

Nuttby Mtn, about 20 mins south of us.

People often  ask why the high marked post are  on the side of the road.

As you can see, they come in handy in the winter when the snow blos in and builds up against a stand of trees on the downwind side.

These pictures where taken yesterday

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Feb 28 Pt II

Stab weights

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Vertical stab

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Ultracote sheets cut

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Partially covered, some inside and outside corners get an extra layer

 

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Mar 06

8 grams added to the stab set after covering

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Covering for the wings ready for placing. tops bottoms ends , yellow bands etc

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Mar 06 Cont.

I look to add some color to the corners in openings before I do the covering

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My helpers, a couple 4 lb weights, these keep the wings in place while I heat and stretch the covering

 

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Both tips upper and  lower side

 

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Right wing with the yellow band , I hope I got this correct

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Mar 09

some mp

ore covering, not shrunk yet

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and extending the servo arms. I like the wiper arm, you can bend it in

so many shapes, and it does a wonderful job of opening the spoiler

 

 

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Mar 12

Spoiler servos and covers, I like to pin the rails to the bottom as well

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All set , this sure took a while, next time the  covers will be mad a bit deeper, wider?

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All buttoned up, I’ll route the wire nicer at another time

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One AG wing set ready to go..

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April 19

All white Fuselage, has two coats of brushed on enamel. Third coat is necessary and then I’ll see.

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May 04

Preparing the SS cable for silver soldered 2-56 end termination.

A wet rag against the fuse and a piece of aluminum as a shield.

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May 06

Balanced at rear edge of spar

Weight 1484 G

Including:

Receiver 38G

Eneloop 107G

Lead 132G

1484 G  equals 52.4 Oz

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May 7

Canopy

After considerable sanding and shaping the canopy fits the frame nicely..

This is a one shot process, and hopefully the glue isn’t all over the canopy when I am finished.

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